September 26, 2008

GETTING OUT OF A JAM BY GETTING OUT OF POWER:

McCain's way out? (Domenico Montanaro, 9/26/08, NBC: First Read)

So what if McCain shows up and tonight and says, "I'm sorry I couldn't sign on to this Washington-Wall Street plan that I worried was putting an even bigger burden on taxpayers than this mess already has. Now, Sen. Obama, I understand that you are confident in these folks in Washington and New York who have everyone convinced this is the only plan. And I respect that, but I am hearing from people all over the country who don't get this plan and don't understand how it will work. And why should they trust a group of folks in Washington and New York who broke this system to fix it?"

McCain is not winning this political battle right now as the media elite do believe the White House, Wall Street and Congressional Democrats on this. It's a pretty strong united front for us not to believe this. That said, McCain and House Republicans are channeling their inner populist, something the Republican Party hasn't done in quite some time. Don't write off this McCain strategy just yet if Obama appears too cozy with Washington and New York elites, and it's McCain who is the one looking like the outsider.

And there might be an immigration analogy here. Has McCain learned a lesson from that first battle that almost sunk his campaign and decided to listen to the base on this? This whole fight looks a bit like immigration with media, political elites on one side and “conservative populists” on the other.

On the other hand, Republicans were hurt in 2006 after running solely against immigration reform -- not helping them with Hispanics and female voters -- and it cemented the idea that Republicans were callous toward immigrants.


The funny thing is the Right is saying the GOP should stop the plan, just like they did immigration reform! Apparently because it isn't enough to lose a midterm, you need to make yourselves the minority party. On the bright side, Republicans could lose so many seats that amnesty will sail through. 100 million new Americans are worth a couple years out of power and letting the 12 million immigrants who the GOP refused citizenship become legal will goose the housing market.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2008 2:26 PM
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